- In this story, Diaz portrays how the women in Dominican society are objectified as sex symbols and objects of desire. A women’s worth is solely based on her ability to attract men. Beli, who grew up with a tough life in high school, only started feeling happy after she realized men liked her.
- “By the undeniable concreteness of her desirability which was, in its own way, Power.”
- Both Olga and Oscar become fat and nerdy as they mature, however, Olga is the one that goes crazy and doesn’t even make it through childhood successfully, while Oscar does. The only difference is their gender—since Olga’s, unlike Oscar’s, sole purpose in society was to grow up and attract the opposite gender, her transformation into a fat, ugly teenager hindered her to an exponentially greater degree than it did for Oscar.
- Diaz often mentions how many of the women in the story are beaten physically by their male partner. He creates a sense of normalcy and casualness with this physicality, further proving the degradation of women within this society.